Editor’s Letter

The Long Run

I have always admired the tenacity and passion of small retailers. Take Los Angeles retailer Desiree Galvez for example. Faced with a slowing national economy and the local fallout after a debilitating writers' strike, she... more »

The Power of Networking

Where would we be without our support systems? I know as a publishing professional, I sometimes rely on business networks to bounce off ideas or to trade advice. One of GIFT SHOP's primary missions has... more »

A Fresh Start

I have always loved makeovers—the idea of rejuvenation, of a clean start, is endlessly appealing to me. Since GIFT SHOP is about fresh new ideas and perspectives the idea of a makeover contest seemed like... more »

Navigating Change

First, I want to heartily thank all of you who called us, wrote in and met us at shows to congratulate us on our one-year anniversary. The response to GIFT SHOP has been phenomenal and... more »

Way to Grow!

Spring is the time for a fresh start and for renewal, and practically nothing says renewal like a makeover. We are overwhelmed by the response to our makeover contest! We received numerous worthy applications, each... more »

Happy New Year!

The start of a new year is always a clean slate—for new resolutions and new ideas. I hope you had a wonderful and profitable holiday season. With holiday sales winding down, and new inventory lining... more »

Happy Holidays

Fall is here and Halloween is around the corner, which can only mean one thing—it's time to shift your retail strategies into high gear for the 2006 holiday season! And while you are doing just... more »

The Road Ahead

The verdict is in—GIFT SHOP is a hit with retailers! Filled with practical business advice, the sneak peek on trends and products, and encouraging stories from retail entrepreneurs, our premier issue reached out and spoke... more »

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